Cowboy Subculture Paper

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Cowboy Culture

The word cowboy brings to mind images of the old west, mostly movies. Ten gallon hats, boots, spurs, horses, revolvers and of course cows. In todays society the term cowboy or cowgirl isn’t always a favorable one. It can mean ignorant, country, reckless, or just refer to boots and hats. Are Cowboys even still around? Not the “wanna be” hat on the weekend’s type of person, the genuine article. The answer may surprise you. In today’s modern world, cowboys aren’t just still around; they have developed into the subculture in which I belong. The cowboy subculture can be found all across the United States and Hawaii. What is the Cowboy Culture and who belongs in it?
The cowboy culture is made up of many different
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The cowboy clothing style grew out of practical need and the environment in which the cowboy worked. The western style of cowboy bling, rhinestones, Stetsons, Cinch and Wrangler jeans, Ariat and Justin boots all brands unique to the Cowboy culture and typical clothing of the cowboy all evolved out of necessity. The standard wear of any individual in the cowboy subculture is made up of if not every item at least several pairs of one or more articles of clothing such as Chaps, Hat, Boots, Jeans, and gloves.
Chaps usually pronounced "shaps” or chinks protect the rider's legs while on horseback, especially riding through heavy brush or during rough work with livestock.
Cowboy hat: Wide brim to protect from sun, overhanging brush, and the elements.
Cowboy boots; a boot with a high top to protect the lower legs, pointed toes to help guide the foot into the stirrup, and high heels to keep the foot from slipping through the stirrup while working in the saddle.
Gloves, usually of deerskin or other leather that is soft and flexible for working purposes, yet provides protection when handling barbed wire, assorted tools or clearing native brush and vegetation.
Jeans: Designed to protect the legs and prevent the trouser legs from snagging on brush, equipment or other hazards.
Other tools of the cowboy culture which are necessary and are used or carried and can be found in any members tack room

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